3 Reasons Why seeking Cervical Cancer Advice Early Will Make a Huge Difference
1. Cervical Cancer is a preventable disease. If we can detect precancerous cells early through the Smear Test, we can prevent 75% of cancers from developing. It is estimated that the cervical screening programme (Smear Tests) saves around 5,000 lives per year.
“Please go for your smear ladies, cervical cancer is something that is preventable and prevention is better than cure! Less than 5 minutes of embarrassment and being uncomfortable will not kill you, but cancer can!” – Read Rebecca’s Cervical Cancer Story
2. An early cervical cancer diagnosis is vital as patients with early-stage disease have an excellent cure rate. Precancerous changes can often be treated with outpatient procedures. If cervical cancer is small and localised at the time of diagnosis then it is treated with surgery which aims to spare fertility if at all possible.
“The recovery took around 6 weeks, but throughout those weeks I thought of our little girl. I thought of how I could enjoy seeing her grow up and imagined what our life would be… I knew that I had been given a second chance and it was time to grab that with both hands and make the most of my life because my life had been saved.” – Read Emma’s Cervical Cancer Story
3. Around 95% of women diagnosed with Cervical Cancer in Stage 1 will survive their cancer for 5 years or more after diagnosis compared to around 15% of women diagnosed with the most advanced stage of the disease.
“Every time I think about how I was treated and the people I got to know, I feel really humbled by the whole process and feel so lucky… it’s really important for me that I now help to create more awareness about cervical cancer” – Read Lucy’s Cervical Cancer Story